The Southeastern Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, continues to bring recognition and singing excellence to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the Texoma Region. Performing in the beautiful churches and cathedrals of Europe is the latest milestone reached by this ensemble. In December of 2012 the Chorale gave their European debut tour at St. Michal’s Church in Budapest, Haydnhalle in Eissenstadt, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Minoritenkirche in Vienna, and St. Martin’s Church in Prague.
The Southeastern Chorale is often featured as a guest performing group at the Oklahoma Music Educators State Conference, with an invitation to be a featured performer at the 2014 conference in January. The Chorale has performed in over 100 schools and communities since 2002. Regional tours in the United States have included performances in Dallas, TX, Austin, TX, Jackson, MS, Oklahoma City, OK and, New Orleans, LA, among others.
In 2007 the Southeastern Chorale was invited to perform to sing as a part of the National Endowment of the Arts Choral Symposium, “Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice – an American Masterpiece Festival”, in Austin, Texas. The Chorale was asked to join Grammy nominated choral ensemble Conspirare in their individual concert.
The Chorale accepted an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2009. The Southeastern Chorale joined Vanderbilt University and Wichita State University in the world-premiere of composer David N. Childs’ “Requiem”. David Childs was also commissioned to write a choral piece, “Of Fire and the Rose”, to honor the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Centennial which premiered in 2009.
The Southeastern Chorale has been afforded the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s most noted choral ensembles and conductors, having been featured in master classes and clinics with Anonymous Four, Quink, Chanticleer, and Conspirare and/or their conductors. In 2008 the Southeastern Chorale hosted Grammy nominated choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson in residency. Performing with Craig and Grammy winning singer Cynthia Clawson, the Chorale created a unique choral collage concert. Dr. Johnson retuned to campus in 2012 for yet another concert with the Chorale and Theatre at Southeastern students.
The Southeastern Chorale has at its core a mission to advance and support choral music in the region, while striving to maintain a tradition of singing excellence. In support of these goals, the Southeastern Chorale tours annually into area schools, having performed in over 100 schools in Oklahoma and Texas in the past 10 years in support of music education. The Chorale members annually serve as hosts for regional choral contests and festivals, perform for campus functions such as Freshman Convocation, Homecoming, SE Live, and Graduation. They have taken on financial responsibility for the realization of many of these efforts through fundraising. The Southeastern Chorale has successfully raised over $40,000.00 the past three years to put toward educational and artistic endeavors.